A.K.A Belgian waffles. I first had this variety of waffle in Costco, and it was warm; I was struck! A yeasted, buttery pastry with caramelized sugar?!?! Oh goodness. It was one of the best things I had ever eaten! Promptly after that, we bought a box and ate them warmed up in the oven. Although they were very tasty, it wasn’t enough for me. I started researching recipes. I remembered seeing a recipe for gingerbread liége waffles at bakingdom. Although they sounded delicious, I wanted classic liege waffles. So I took her recipe and tweaked it, taking out the spices and replacing the molasses with honey. They turned out amazing!! The homemade, buttery yeasted dough, with pockets of pearl sugar that had melted and caramelized while it cooked made them exceptional. I’m so glad that I made these, they’re definitely an experience you do not want to miss!
1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups bread flour
2 tbsp granulated sugar
1 1/4 teaspoon (or 1 packet) instant yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup pearl sugar
In a medium bowl heat milk until hot. Stir butter into milk until melted. Add eggs, whisk to combine. Stir in honey and vanilla; set aside.
In a large bowl, or bowl of a standing mixer with dough hook attachment, combine the flour, sugar, and yeast. With mixer on low speed, slowly add the milk mixture in steady stream. Increase speed to medium and mix until the dough barely sticks to the bowl, about 7 to 8 minutes, scraping the sides as necessary. Transfer dough to a large, greased bowl; cover with plastic wrap. Let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
Once doubled, heat waffle iron. Knead pearl sugar into dough.
Divide the dough into 9 3-ounce pieces. One piece at a time, spread dough in the hot iron. Cook until deep golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes.
Yield: 9 waffles